House lawmakers voted 158-7 to sign off on Senate changes to a bill that includes a provision to allow the speed limit in urban areas to be raised to 70 mph – up from 55 mph and 65 mph. The bill next moves to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk. The Senate approved the bill on a 45-3 vote.
Since confusion runs rampant over whether Florida statutes allow rolling right turns on red, the issue needs some clarity. The state needs uniform standards, not a patchwork of policies that unduly punish drivers unaware of a particular jurisdiction’s interpretation.
Officials in 10 Tennessee towns and cities contract with a red-light camera company, Redflex, which is receiving intense scrutiny nationwide after allegations it was involved in a large bribery scandal in Chicago. Tennessee Watchdog was able to reach officials in four of those 10 government entities — and only one of them knew anything about the reports.
Expect to see beefed up enforcement on city streets by the Chattanooga Police Department which has received a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office to reduce the number of fatalities, DUI offenders and serious crashes. The grant will allow the department to step up enforcement through the remainder of this year and possibly into 2015.
The Los Angeles Police Commission is investigating how half of the recording antennas in the Southeast Division went missing, seemingly as a way to evade new self-monitoring procedures that the Los Angeles Police Department imposed last year.
Colorado lawmakers advanced a measure to ban red-light and photo radar cameras, but they’re facing strong opposition from local governments and police. A Senate committee approved the measure on a bipartisan 3-2 vote Monday, referring it for a full debate in the chamber later.
Tickets will be issued starting Sunday to anyone caught by new automated speed cameras near Chicago high schools and parks. The city will begin by issuing tickets for going 10 or more miles an hour over the posted speed limit, and the threshold will gradually be lowered.
The Illinois Senate has passed a bill that would prohibit police departments from setting ticket quotas. If this bill becomes law, there would be no more requiring officers to write a certain number of tickets per week or month. The bill now moves on to the House for consideration.